Audiobook Review: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward

Narrator: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
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Title: Mack Daddy by Penelope Ward
Release Date: February 11, 2017
Format: Audiobook (7hrs, 19 mins)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Published By: Penelope Ward Books, Inc.
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Single Dad. Second Chances.

They called him Mack Daddy. No, seriously, his name was Mack. Short for Mackenzie. Thus, the nickname. Perfect, right?

So was he: perfect. The perfect physical male specimen.

At the private school where I taught, Mack Morrison was the only man around in a sea of women.

Everyone wanted a piece of the hot, single father of the sweet little boy.

I became a woman I didn’t recognize, someone riddled with jealousy, because they didn’t know that—to me—he was much more.

They didn’t know about our past.

He’d chosen my school for his son on purpose, because Mack and I, we had unfinished business.

As my friend, Lorelai, so eloquently put it: “Unfinished business between two people who are clearly attracted to each other is like an eternal case of blue balls.” And I was suffering in pain from my case.

I was still intensely attracted to Mack. I tried to resist him, immersing myself further into a relationship with someone else just to protect my heart.

Not to mention, getting involved with a parent was strictly against school rules. But seeing Mack day in and day out was breaking me down.

And soon I might be breaking all the rules.

Author’s note – Told in alternating points of view, Mack Daddy is a full-length standalone novel

four-stars

I liked the relationship between Francesca and Mack. It was well developed and both characters were well developed. I thought the author was very smart and strategic to set up the flashbacks to lay the foundation of the attraction between Frankie and Mack otherwise I would have not understood the disrespect/disregard to their current partners. I’m not sure it excused it but I understood it. The exes Victor and Tori had my sympathy and I liked them both.

Tori:  Mack didn’t tell her about Frankie for 2 years. That is a really long time to be in a relationship with someone who was in love with someone else. Even if she knew he didn’t love her, you hold out hope that he could love you especially when he continues to visit you on the weekends and pretend to be in a relationship with you. Knowing there was someone else back in Boston would have given Tori a clearer picture of what she was up against.

Victor: I also feel bad for Victor because Frankie should have honored Thor two years by breaking it off with him officially instead of putting him in an awful position of having to be the bigger person. He still treated her with respect and concern when she found out about her dad. He offered to call her mom etc. Maybe Tori and Vic can date each other 🙂

I would have liked the author to spend more time on Jonah’s diagnosis. I had to read that on my own (how dare she make me work, LMAO). It was glossed over and it’s serious. That boy was in trouble and I’m not sure it should be taken such a backseat to the romance.

Why wasn’t George the best friend/roommate around? I would have loved to experience these two from his perspective. He was after all, the initial nexxus between these two. He was sorely missed.

Overall, it was angsty enough and the characters enjoyable yet really flawed. The writing made this story realistic and I was feeling this one! There was genuine love and passion between Frankie and Mack. It took them some maneuvering but there was something electric about them that just drew my emotions. I am pleased with the way it ended.

Ezi

About Penelope Ward

Penelope Ward is first and foremost a proud autism mom. She is also the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author of Stepbrother Dearest, Sins of Sevin, Cocky Bastard (co-written with Vi Keeland), Jake Undone, My Skylar, Jake Understood and Gemini. She is currently working on her 8th novel.

Any Time, Any Place (Billionaire Builders #2) by Jennifer Probst

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Narrator: Madeleine Maby, Sebastian York
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Title: Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst
Series: Billionaire Builders #2
Release Date: January 24th 2017
Pages: • Format: 400 pages (e-arc)
Published By: Pocket Gallery Books
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HGTV’s Property Brothers meets The Marriage Bargain in this second volume in the Billionaire Builders series, an all-new heart-wrenching and sexy contemporary romance from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Probst.

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future…

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both…or finally mend two broken hearts.

four-stars

Dalton Pierce is the youngest and still trying to prove himself in the family business Pierce Brother’s Construction. He doesn’t believe in permanence when it comes to his love-life, preferring casual hookups with no attachments. As fate would have it, the owner of a popular bar, Raven Hawthorne appears immune to his charms and isn’t interested in a casual hookup. The more she rebuffs his advances, the more intrigued he is. When Raven hires Pierce Brother’s Construction to renovate her bar, Dalton sees it as his opportunity to show her that he isn’t the shallow ladies’ man she believes him to be.

When they finally give into the sexual tension, Dalton and Raven realize they may have something special. But Raven knows things about Dalton and his family. In fact, Raven targeted the Pierce family for revenge. Will the past hurts keep Dalton and Raven from embracing a future together or have they built enough to overcome the secrets?
I enjoyed this story and the characters. I felt drawn to the story and the people in it. The author Jennifer Probst did a great job of creating characters that the readers could empathize with and root for. Both Dalton and Raven were good people being held back from love because of the way they lost their parents. Their inability to find out the circumstances of car accident left them unable to trust people as well as the institution of love. Their slow crawl to a relationship allowed them to chip away at their respective walls. They laughed together, they had fun together and they eventually found out they were compatible together. I struggled with the fact that the man who didn’t believe in marriage or forever said such romantic and poetic words. In fact, Dalton did and said a lot of forever-ish things. I also don’t believe for a second that Dalton and his siblings wouldn’t have wanted to know everything there was to know the man who was in the accident with their mother including his child. That part seemed unrealistic to me. The chemistry though was tangible and the connection intense. With all that happened, the author kept the character’s authentic to themselves and I enjoyed the continual restoration of Dalton’s relationship with his brothers. What I do love about Jennifer Probst is she writes serious matter but without angst and you always leave her books feeling good about the conclusion. Her writing makes you smile, sigh, feel sad and later hopeful and happy. I definitely recommend this contemporary romance to those who love a good story about family, love and forgiveness. I look forward to book 3.

About Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.
She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

Listen to Me (Fusion #1) by Kristen Proby

Listen to Me (Fusion #1) by Kristen ProbySeries: Fusion #1
on 2016-04-12
Pages: 336
AmazonNarrator: Arielle DeLisle, Sebastian York
In New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kristen Proby’s brand new series, five best friends open a hot new restaurant, but one of them gets much more than she bargained for when a sexy former rock star walks through the doors—and into her heart.Seduction is quickly becoming the hottest new restaurant in Portland, and Addison Wade is proud to claim 1/5 of the credit. She’s determined to make it a success and can’t think of a better way to bring in new customers than live music. But when former rock star Jake Keller swaggers through the doors to apply for the weekend gig, she knows she’s in trouble. Addie instantly recognizes him—his posters were plastered all over her bedroom walls in high school—he’s all bad boy...exactly her type and exactly what she doesn’t need.Jake Keller walked away from the limelight five years ago and yearns to return to what’s always driven him: the music. If he gets to work for a smart-mouthed, funny-as-hell bombshell, all the better. But talking Addie into giving him the job is far easier than persuading her that he wants more than a romp in her bed. Just when she begins to drop her walls, Jake’s past finally catches up with him.Will Addie be torn apart once again or will Jake be able to convince her to drown out her doubts and listen to her heart?
four-stars

This audiobook was well narrated and engaging. I listened to it fairly quickly as the story was smooth and flowed really well.

Addison Wade and four other friends owned a restaurant called Seduction together. In order to add more flavor to their establishment, they decided to hire a singer to perform there. During auditions, Jake Keller, former lead singer of a defunct boy band, performed a song and made an impression. He was eventually hired to play at Seduction. Jake made his interest in Addison known fairly quickly, but Addison who had a pennant for bad boy rockers tried her best to resist him. Eventually, Jake wore her down and they began dating.

The story was told using a Dual Point of View so we could spend equal time in Jake and Addy’s head. They were both working out past issues that were added weight to their new blossoming relationship. Addison used to be a model but was now considered too curvy. Jake had overcome addiction and now worked hard to remain sober and present in his new reality. They were both really likable characters and their respective friends added a nice supporting cast to this love story. I can’t say the story was dissimilar to books in this genre but it was entertaining nonetheless. I couldn’t put it down because I really connected with Addison and loved Jake as a hero too. They were flawed characters but they were so relatable and delightful. Addison felt like a person everyone knows and cares about. You can only hope they would find their Jake someday. It hit all the right chords within me. I had a great time reading this book. It was pretty low on angst but there was still an emotional pull towards the main characters. I had read this author once before and it was just an okay experience. But this story was more developed and the characters had more depth. I really enjoyed this story and look forward to book 2.

*Special Thanks to William Morrow Paperback via Edelweiss for the book given in exchange for an honest review*

Consolation (The Consolation Duet, Book 1) by Corinne Michaels @AuthorCMichaels

Consolation (The Consolation Duet, Book 1) by Corinne Michaels  @AuthorCMichaelsSeries: Consolation Duet #1
on 2015-03-18
Pages: 301
AmazonB&NNarrator: Andi Arndt, Sebastian York
Liam wasn’t supposed to be my happily ever after.
He wasn’t even on my radar.
He was my husband’s best friend—forbidden.

But my husband is dead and I’m alone. I ache for him and I reach for Liam.

One night with Liam changed everything. Now I have to decide if I truly love him or if he’s just the consolation prize.
three-stars

Pregnant Leslie “Lee” was finally happy. Her husband Aaron was out of active duty as a Navy Seal and now just had a routine operation to attend and then they can continue preparing for the birth of their first child. Navy_SEAL.561b029c1a4e9Aaron kissed Lee on her nose and told her he would be back soon. But what came next was a commander knocking on her door bearing the news all military wives dread. 6 months later, Lee is struggling to raise her daughter Arabella and working hard to move on from the loss of the man who was her world.
YOUNG-WIDOW
When his best friend Liam moves from Virginia to California. He gives her comfort and his friendship helps her to move past her grieve and start to live again. Soon the friendship becomes more and soon they became a couple. While Lee and Liam explored their new love, both struggle with continued grieving of Aaron. Liam was accepted by all of Lee’s friends and family. Not just because he was a fellow Navy Seal, and Aaron’s best friend, but because he brought joy to Lee’s life again and loved Arabella as his own.
Alex LUnfortunately, Liam was called to go back into the field on assignment, shaking Lee’s world once again. Could Lee do this again? Is she willing to give herself again to another seal who may not return to her and Arabella?

I have to admit that I am ambivalent on about this story. I can’t imagine the loss and pain those in this life have to endure so I want to acknowledge. I was just unable able to connect to the main characters and the story itself. Let me assure you that the narration was stellar. Andi Arndt and Sebastian York are an excellent pair and their voices really breathed life into this story because I struggled with this audiobook. I haven’t lost a great love but the pain and grieve dragged for a long time, encompassing about 56% of this story. Then all of a sudden the great love story was painted as a figment of Lee’s imagination. Friends began hinting that Lee was having revisionist history regarding her relationship with Aaron. I was torn by that because I didn’t think the author had to tear down her marriage in order to validate her new love with Liam. People can have more than one great love in their lifetime. Especially when married so young as Lee and Aaron had been.

My second issue was lack of depth. All the characters were kind of one dimensional with the exception of 2nd half Aaron. Aaron was put on a pedestal but now Liam was being put on a pedestal. I would have preferred a more human or complex character, kind of what Aaron turned out to be. I liked Liam but I didn’t love his “perfection”. The story was shallow and it was predictable. I did like the ending. I suspected the drama that the new love would face, but I see the author already gave herself an out with the funeral visitor. The ending save this story for me. I want to know, I am hesitant to read book 2 because I don’t want another 8hrs on grieving.

*Special Thanks to the Author for the audiobook given in exchange for an honest review.